Bath coach Mike Ford has revealed that he believes England Rugby centre Sam Burgess will stay in rugby union, amid speculation he was set to return to rugby league in Australia. Burgess was one of the stars of the summer QBE Internationals against France and Ireland where Eventmasters guests enjoyed outstanding Twickenham hospitality.
VIP guests enjoying Eventmasters Twickenham hospitality packages will be hoping the immensely talented Burgess stays in rugby union and can show his qualities against Ireland on Saturday 27th February and Wales on Saturday 12th March in the 2016 Six Nations.
The 26-year-old was given time off after England’s World Cup exit, fuelling rumours that he was on the verge of returning to his former side, South Sydney Rabbitohs in Australia’s NRL competition.
Indeed Brad Walter of the Sydney Morning Herald told BBC Radio 5 live: “Moves are well advanced for a return to the Rabbitohs. The only obstacle standing in the way now is Mike Ford, who wants him to remain in rugby union and is reluctant to release him but the expectation is that will be resolved within days.”
Burgess was a surprise inclusion at centre in England Rugby’s squad for the 2015 World Cup; despite his best performances for Bath coming at flanker. In the opening match against Fiji he made a superb impact off the bench and was handed a starting role against Wales.
In that now famous loss, Burgess shackled the experienced Jamie Roberts and produced a polished performance. With England leading he was substituted with 11 minutes remaining and we all know what happened after that.
Subsequently he was dropped to the bench for the Australia match before being left out of the 23-man squad for the final game against Uruguay. Many feel that Burgess was unfairly treated by the media and made a scapegoat for England’s early exit.
“Everything we have spoken about has been about his future and playing well for Bath and potentially getting him to play for England in the Six Nations – or, if not, at the end of the season on tour to Australia.”
English rugby will not want to lose a player of Burgess’s quality.